Duterte reminded Filipinos who they REALLY are during his #SONA2017 address

Self-anointed disente Filipinos were aghast with what they described as the balasubas (uncouth) behaviour of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as he delivered his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday. The alluring Senator Risa Hontiveros, one of Duterte’s chief critics in the Senate sported her hottest resting bitch face (RBF) which she kept […]

#EDSA30: What I’ve seen, heard and, now, think after 30 years

(Note: This post is actually meant to be just a comment to Mike Portes’s latest article. But since it is long, I opted to post is as an article. And I wrote the recollection parts purely from memory.) It was exactly 30 years ago. Allow me to share as an ordinary citizen how I viewed it and […]

Who Among the 2016 Candidates Will Hold BS Aquino Accountable After His Term?

Shortly after a popular uprising in 2001, Philippine President Joseph “Erap” Estrada was removed from his position and replaced by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who before that point was the Vice President. Under pursuit by Arroyo and the Supreme Court, Estrada was arrested for government plunder and found guilty after a lengthy trial, though Arroyo eventually pardoned him […]

Traitor vs Hero

Supreme Court Justice Lucas Bersamin, who penned the decision granting bail to Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, files a complaint against one of the 4 dissenters, Justice Marvic Leonen. August 24, 2015, www.rappler.com Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile files a P31-M damage suit against top advertising executive Yoly Ong for a supposedly libelous column in the Philippine […]

Addressing poverty from the ground up should be central issue in Philippine elections

The political mudslinging that is being amplified with gusto by headline news is good for the rating wars of media. It may be a whole class of unavoidable news they have to report. However, if the intent is the beguilement of the public to desensitize same to the real problems of the country, media is being stonyhearted […]

The only intelligent challenge to politicians: Show us your PLATFORM. #PlatformPlez!

Former President Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada may not be the most credible politician in the Philippines, but at least he had this one right saying his decision to support politicians vying for the presidency in 2016 will depend on their platforms… “Kung sino ang nakikita kong maganda ang plataporma, ‘yun ang susuportahan ko sa huli. I […]

A call for Noynoy Aquino to be The Apologetic President in the coming SONA

This month, July 2015, President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino (more popularly known simply as PNoy) will deliver his last State of the Nation Address (SONA). It is being billed as a legacy speech as he is supposed to sum up his accomplishments. PNoy’s last four SONAs have been forgettable. They have been typically a laundry […]

Why can’t Philippine elections be about issues rather than personalities?

In 2009, at the height of a vastly popular but utterly misguided campaign to catapult the reluctant then-candidate Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III to the presidency, we launched our Platform Plez initiative. In that groundbreaking initiative, we provided a simple and intuitive four-point idiot’s guide to formulating a campaign platform and, specifically for the 2010 […]